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RE: Balancing out your practice

I highly recommend this album! It was produced by an L.A. artist known as Madlib who IMHO is one of the illest loopers in modern music today. This album was composed entirely of bass loops, and the rest of the tracks were fully played out live. Madlib was not musically trained at the time, and just played what he felt.


From: mark@markfrancombe.com
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 20:46:24 +0200
Subject: Re: Balancing out your practice
To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com

The feeling of wanting to play many instruments I think makes you a composer, not a musician. Or play one instrument that sounds like alot of instruments... In the sound picture of looping, one needs different textures and pitches, learning many instruments to a proffesional level is pointless, but play loads of instuments so you can make a sound... quite often, thats all you need! One jab at a cello in the right place, one blast of a trumpet or sax... a few notes of blues harp...
There are some loopers that just stay with one sound and loop, Andre la Fosse for example... now I LOVE his looping, really love it.... but to me, he is not making the whole picture, ist more of an exercise, what you can do with and EDP and a looper...

I wandered off there, bringing it back to practice, if you are a looper, then you should practice looping, with any instrument... As Rick said, there will be natural phases, where you favour the Flugelhorn over the Bagpipe for a few years, but then one day, you open up a cardboard box in the basement and see it again after all these years... your love for the Jews Harp is fully restored!

(I mean it... just re-discovered Jews Harp... amazing instrument)


Mark Francombe
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